Becoming a therapy dog team takes time and work. You and your four-legged partner need to work together to become teammates who communicate with each other as they do their work.
You may or may not need more training, depending on your circumstance. Gold Country Love on a Leash helps you through the process of getting certified and placed in a setting where you and your therapy dog can work your labor of love. *Love on a Leash (The Foundation for Pet-Provided Therapy), based in Oceanside, CA, is the National Headquarters, who bestows the actual certificate. Gold Country Love on a Leash is a local chapter. We do the actual training, evaluating and visiting.
Recruiting, certifying, and placing pet therapy teams in Northern California
What is Pet Provided Therapy?
A therapy pet's primary function is to brighten someone's day. The majority of our members are involved in this social side of therapy work. Dogs and their owners visit nursing homes, hospitals and schools to provide emotional support. They put a smile on someone's face, make their day a little brighter, or bring back a cherished memory.
Therapy dogs are privately owned and visit facilities on a regular basis. We do not raise and train dogs to be service or companion animals. At the end of a visit these animals go home with their owners. For the most part, our therapy pets are dogs; however, we also certify cats and rabbits who have shown that they enjoy being therapy pets.
Sometimes the people we visit become good friends. We look forward to seeing them each week. Our 4-legged teammates do too. Getting involved in the world of pet-provided therapy opens up a whole new perspective on life and a social group that you might not ordinarily be a part of.
Woofstock 2014 Photos
Gold Country Love on a Leash manned a booth at Woofstock, an annual event that celebrates all things dog-related in Rocklin, CA. We talked to a lot of people about the importance of pet-provided therapy and how much comfort it can bring. We also collected 75 lbs of dog food for the Placer County SPCA, Sponsor of the annual Funny Bones Hero Award.